TechCrunch: Google TV adds 25 more free channels, NFL Sunday Ticket integration. “Google TV is once again expanding its free live TV lineup. In April, the company announced the Google TV service was growing to include over 800 live TV channels, including those from Tubi, Plex, Haystack and others. Today, the company says it’s adding 25 more free channels to the lineup, which can be watched without having to install any additional apps or needing to sign in.”
CNET: Ransomware hits TV search engine popular among political campaigns. “One of this year’s first hacks to affect the 2020 US presidential election happened Thursday. TVEyes, a broadcast television search engine used by political campaigns to monitor opponents and track ads, said Friday it was hit with a ransomware attack.”
TechCrunch: Snapchat will launch Bitmoji TV, a personalized cartoon show. “Snapchat’s most popular yet under-exploited feature is finally getting the spotlight in 2020. Starting in February with a global release, your customizable Bitmoji avatar will become the star of a full-motion cartoon series called Bitmoji TV. It’s a massive evolution for Bitmoji beyond the chat stickers and comic strip-style Stories where they were being squandered to date.”
EurekAlert: Tweeting while watching TV diminishes enjoyment. “Toggling between viewing entertainment and social media lessens a person’s ability to escape reality and enjoy a show, according to a new University of Connecticut study. Researchers studied an experience that has become increasingly common: More than half of television viewers aged 18 to 24 use a second screen web-connected device for engaging on social media to discuss what they are watching, according to previous research.”
CNET: ‘Humans of New York’ lands a Facebook video series. “‘Humans of New York,’ in which regular New Yorkers talk about their lives, is one of the best things about Facebook, in my opinion — and I don’t live anywhere near Manhattan….. And as of next week, it’ll have a 12-part Facebook video series on the site’s new video platform, Facebook Watch.”
The Next Web: Twitch will marathon 886 episodes of Mister Rogers. “After integrating Bob Ross so thoroughly into its culture (to the point where he’s started cropping up in actual games), Twitch is bringing another beloved, soft-voiced childhood icon to its platform with a Mister Rogers marathon. Twitch will show 886 episodes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood over a period of 18 days on a dedicated Mister Rogers channel.”
Ars Technica: Snapchat lines up media companies to produce original shows for Snap TV. “Snap Inc. is working with media companies to bolster Snapchat’s original content with mini, TV-like episodes. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Snap Inc. has signed deals with NBC Universal, Turner, Discovery, ESPN, Vice Media, and the NFL to produce original shows for Snap TV. The company is expected to announce new deals today with Scripps Networks Interactive, owner of Food Network, which will also create original shows for the social media outlet.”
Josh Burdick, who recorded a lot of TV in the 1990s, has uploaded a bunch of it to YouTube. “1987-91 were my high school years and 1991-96 were my college ones, therefore I did quite a bit of recording during this time. Post 1996, it was time to start my career and move into adulthood so my time was much more busy with life and the recordings begin to diminish. Over the past 4 years, I converted the VHS tapes to DVD, ripped them video files, edited & uploaded to YouTube some of the most interesting clips.” There are over 1000 clips here, and he’s created several playlists by year. The selection of topics and clips is enchantingly random.
Google is going to start showing live TV listings in its search results? “Searching for a show like ‘Game of Thrones’, for example, will show results for which channels are airing the show and at what times. This will appear alongside Google’s existing information, which indicates where you can watch the show using on-demand services, such as the Google Play Store or Apple’s iTunes.”
Wired has a story about a new search engine for television show The Simpsons. “Frinkiac, named after Springfield’s favorite eccentric scientist, Professor Frink, landed on the Internet yesterday with all the subtlety of a Lard Lad Donuts mascot. It collects every quote from the first 15 seasons of The Simpsons, the most quotable show of the last two decades, and pairs them with screenshots from the exact moment they happened.” It sounds amazing. Unfortunately I am not very Simpsons-savvy, but even I know Mr. Burns and his trademark “Excellent” and, using that, found a ton of screenshots.
Twitter is getting cozier with TV content. “Twitter is starting to make a bigger push for TV fans, networks and advertisers wanting to reach a primetime audience: The company has started to make its TV Timelines feature more widely available, and is adding shortcuts to the TV experience directly to its users’ tweets. TV Timelines is a feature that Twitter has been experimenting with for a few months now: It aggregates TV-related content through a separate interface within the Twitter app, consisting of a dedicated page for each TV show.